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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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Your history matters!

eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh.


eabh members recognise their responsibility towards society. Only a well functioning financial sector can help to increase the welfare of all.


eabh places current challenges of the financial sector into a historical context. Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.


eabh promotes archives. Accurate and accessible records of past activities are the indispensable foundation for a sustainable global financial system.


Hugo Banziger: The Rise of Institutional Investors

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Our network

eabh circulates sound research and information upon which today’s decision makers can rely.

The legacy of the past continually resurfaces to determine actions in the present and the future. Through eabh membership institutions gain access to a global network of financial history experts who can provide  competent advice.

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Recent publications

Institutional Investors

The history of professional fund management

eabh (ed.)


Inflation, Money, Output

Economic and financial data underpinning analysis and policy making

Piet Clement

Carmen Hofmann

Jakub Kunert (eds.)


Architecture & Finance Vol. 1

eabh bulletin 2016

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


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Architecture & Finance Vol. 2

eabh bulletin 2017

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


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Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) in Europe

eabh believes that safeguarding the records of financial institutions will improve the protection of global financial stability. Authentic and reliable memory systems are needed to understand current crises and to evaluate risks.

For that reason a project on archival legislation for finance (ALFF) has been started in 2012 with the objective of collecting information about best practices of financial institutions in building and improving their archives.

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The Development of Financial Markets

20 Jun 2019

St. Petersburg, Russia

PLEASE NOTE this conference has been POSTPONED until further notice!

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Archival Workshop

Minting History

Financial History at Face Value

21 Jun 2019

St. Petersburg, Russia

PLEASE NOTE this workshop has been POSTPONED until further notice!

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The Dynamics of Inclusive Finance

20 Mar 2020

Utrecht, Netherlands

Why was it that in developed Western economies, financial institutions like banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s? What drove this expansion, why did it not come earlier, what alternative services did people use before, and when, how and why did formal services come to replace those alternatives? Was the expansion demand or supply driven, made possible  by new technology or simply a function of rising personal incomes, fostered by governments and central banks, or the result of private entrepreneurship? What was the relationship between emerging welfare states and the rise of commercial banking? 

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